Veteran Care Services
About Veteran Care Services
Veteran Care Services is committed to be a resource to senior Veterans and their families facing long-term care. There are millions of senior Veterans currently in the United States, and many of them need care and assistance with their daily living activities. The costs for such care can be astronomical, and proper planning is crucial, in order to preserve one’s assets and avoid running out of money.
There are many different benefits and options that Veterans are entitled to. Making sense of these benefits, knowing which direction and which options best suit an individual’s situation, and navigating the bureaucratic maze can be impossible for anyone without extensive knowledge and experience.
It is our mission to educate senior Veterans and their families, as well as care givers and all those servicing seniors, about the various benefits that are available. It is our commitment to assist these Veterans and their families and guide them through the steps necessary to choose and facilitate the options that fit each individual set of needs and circumstances.
Aid & Attendance Pension
Aid & Attendance Pension is a benefit that is available to Veterans and their spouses and widows to help cover their living expenses and quality of life, when facing long term care. There are a number of different qualifications and many of them do not require you to be poor. Benefits are available to Veterans who have income, substantial savings, and even real estate, if they require aid from another person for their personal functions, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting, or other daily living activities. The cost for such care can be excessive, and there are benefits available which can help you cover these costs. One of the most common and helpful benefits for veterans is called Aid and Attendance. With the aid and attendance program, you can receive between $1000 and $2000 per month or more, depending on your specific situation.
The office of Veteran Affairs will review your medical requirements, and your entire financial situation. They will review your income & expenses, and all of your assets. If you do have assets or real estate, special planning may be necessary to ensure that your application will be improved. If you submit the application without planning correctly, you will likely wait months before you will be denied, and doing so can potentially eliminate your possibility of getting benefits in the future.
- Who can get VA Benefits? These benefits are available to Veterans who served, as well as their wives, and widows.
- What are the financial limits? While ones financials do go in to consideration for eligibility, there are allowances and ramifications which Veterans and their families may not be aware of, to allow them to get the benefit without any spend down.
Homemaker and Home Health Aide Program
The VA Homemaker and Home Health Aide care program offers in-home care to Veterans with personal care needs on a routine basis. Someone can come and assist veterans in taking care of themselves. The one coming to assist will not be a registered nurse, but the initial consultation/visit is supervised by a nurse.
All enrolled (VHA Standard Medical Benefits Package) are eligible if they meet the clinical need for services. The aide can assist with:
- Preparing meals
- Other daily activities
Homemaker Home Health Aides work for an organization that has a contract with VA. The aide can come several times a week or just occasionally. The services of a Homemaker can serve Veterans of any age.
Contact nearest VA facility and ask to be connected to a social worker. You may contact our office for assistance and recourses.
Home Improvement and Structural Alterations (HISA)
The VA Home Improvement and Structural Alterations grant provides medically necessary improvements and structural alterations to Veterans/Servicemembers’ primary residence for the following purposes:
Improvements can be made to:
- Lavatory/sanitary facilities (bathroom, shower…)
- Kitchen or/and bathroom sinks/counters (lower)
- Entrance paths or driveways for direct entrance
- Improve plumbing or electrical systems due to medical equipment
The benefit can cover a lifetime amount of up to $6800 for:Veterans who have a service-connected condition
Veterans who have a non-service-connected condition rated 50% or more service connected.
A lifetime benefit of up to $2,000 may be available for Veterans who have a non-service connected condition.
Prescription written or approved by a VA physician that includes:
- Beneficiaries name, address, number
- Identify the improvement or structural alteration
- Diagnosis and medical justification for the alterations
- Completed and signed VA Form 10-0103 Veteran’s Application for Assistance
- For Renters – a notarized statement from the owner approving the alterations
- Itemized estimate of costs (labor, material, permit…)
- Color photograph of unimproved area
The HISA process and application are online. You may contact our office for assistance and resources.
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